2021, Report
Where to next? Community-based tourism in hidden Timor-Leste

Photo : RAEOA

This photo essay is designed to showcase the community-based approach to tourism development on untouched Oé-Cusse in Timor-Leste. This approach is seen as essential in ensuring that tourism develops in an equitable and sustainable manner, and it meaningfully contributes income to the national and local economies, create jobs, facilitate business creation, improve regional economic imbalances, and protects and enhances the natural and cultural environment. The essay will showcase the tourism product of Oé-Cusse and will also feature some of the entrepreneurs that have benefitted from the community-based tourism development programme, that is being executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Oé-Cusse Ambeno.

Organisations: United Nations Development Programme


2006, Report
Sustainable Tourism Sector Development and Institutional Strengthening, Republic of Timor- Leste
UNWTO/UNDP Project for the Government of Timor- Leste | Environmental Planning Inputs

1.1 Key Environmental Features and Core Attractions
The UNWTO Phase 1 assessment of tourism for Timor Leste highlighted that the country is heavily dependent on its natural resources for tourism. The surrounding marine environment with world-class coral and abundant fish life is arguably the country‟s core tourism asset.

2007, Report
Sustainable Tourism Sector Development and Institutional Strengthening Project

Timor-Leste has few natural resources – mainly oil, gas and fish. Although development of oil and gas resources provide needed revenue to fund the national budget, it will not generate employment and livelihood opportunities for rural communities, which suffer from low agricultural productivity and food shortages, due to steep, rocky topography and dry climate. The tourism sector in Timor- Leste has the potential to bring socio-economic development to rural areas providing employment and income to rural communities along popular tourist routes and in areas where there are clusters of tourism attractions.